Electrodynamics: An Intensive Course.pdf

Electrodynamics: An Intensive Course.pdf



This book is devoted to the fundamentals of Classical Electrodynamics, one of the most beautiful and productive theories in physics. A general survey on the applicability of physical theories shows that only few theories can be compared to Electrodynamics. Essentially, all electric and electronic devices used around the World are based on the Theory of Electromagnetism. 

It was Maxwell who created, for the first time, a unified description of the electric and magnetic phenomena in his electromagnetic field theory.

Remarkably, Maxwell's theory contained in itself also the relativistic invariance of the Special Relativity, a fact which was discovered only a few decades later. 

The present book is an outcome of the authors' teaching experience over many years in different countries and for different students studying diverse fields of physics. The book is intended for students at the level of undergraduate and graduate studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, applied mathematics and for researchers working in related subjects. 

We hope that the reader will not only acquire knowledge, but will also grasp the beauty of Theoretical Physics. A set of about 130 solved and proposed problems shall help to attain this aim.


Masud Chaichian: Editor journal EPJ C, very prominent scientist in high energy physics.

Previous affiliations: Durham Univ, UK; Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK; Hamburg Univ, Germany;

Weizmann Institute, Israel; CERN.

Scientific interests: Quantum Field Theory, Noncommutative geometry, String theory,

Higher-Dimensional Theories

Teaching: Over 20 years experience in teaching Theories of Elementary Particle Physics, Path

Integrals, Theoretical physics

261 publications in SPIRES.


High Energy Physics Division

Department of Physical Sciences and Helsinki Institute of Physics

POB 64 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland


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Textbook features:

problems with solutions, end of chapter summaries, worked examples, high level figures, boxed inserts, highlighted key math and explanations, appendix, index


Electrostatic Field.- Field of Stationary Currents.- Electromagnetic Field.- Electromagnetic Waves.- Elements of Magnetofluid Dynamics.- Special Relativity.- Minkowski Space.- Relativistic Formulation of  Electrodynamics in Minkowski Space.- General Theory of Relativity.- Appendix.


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